A Lighthouse in the Wild, ReWild

Alistair Daynes, Managing Director

4 July 2016

I’ll start this writing piece with a question, a question whose answer demands ten more questions … and a question I’ve asked myself whilst travelling and working on the go for over a year, for my own self gain. It is a question which needs to be solved today, by each and everyone of us. Before we get ahead of ourselves, lets put it simply – how might three young gents solve climate change?

My answer oddly begins with my attraction to nature at a young age, possibly when first my feet touched the sea. Fast forward a few years, having worked as a divemaster in the Cape, interned at a conservation foundation, and been fortunate to find work whilst travelling with a surfboard – I have grown a stronger connection to the coast, and the natural world in general. These experiences led me down a windy path to now, where now I’m voicing my thoughts on ‘who you are, is what you’ve seen and where you’ve been’. Essentially, how these deep experiences affected my commitments, and how they might commit others.

Humankind has become disconnected with the wilderness, which has led the world down a path of irrational values and poor environmental choices. With less of a regard for nature, we’ve led ourselves to the pillaging of our natural resources – without regarding the complex consequences. Climate change being the major consequence. Its 2016 and just last month, the month of May, was the hottest ever month in recorded history … for the 13th consecutive time in a row. We are racing extinction at a globally unprecedented rate, and still lack a permanent solution to both.

“One long term solution is to … ReWild!”

So how does ReWilding link back to the solving Global Warming? It’s through the process of ReWilding, and two things happen. One – the environment is rehabilitated, allowing biodiversity to once again thrive. This could solve the permanent loss of wildlife. Secondly, society is educated through ReWilding experiences, increasing the chance of deep commitment (much like Sams, lukes and my own).

A commitment from humanity would see greater diversity of flourishing plant and animal life, and perhaps a greater diversity within us humans. Past generations valued changing the environment to suit man, showcasing their of control … an act of dominance – an example who be hunting the Elephant. Numbering three to five million in the last century, African elephant populations were severely reduced to its current levels because of hunting. In the 1980s, an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed each year and up to 80% of herds were lost in some regions. There is obviously no genuine reason for hunting an elephant. The good news it there has now begun a shift.  Thus a commitment would strengthen our values for nature, and in a round-about way, guarantee positive change. It is important to note that the social and environmental changes may not happen without the other – a truly symbiotic relationship.

In conclusion, WE are all citizens of the natural world, so perhaps a deep experience could kick-start the change makers. Global Warming will only be solved by a population who treasure the natural world. For now, ReWilding is our resolution … a lighthouse in the wild.

‘who you are, is what you’ve seen and where you’ve been’

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